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4.3 out of 5
23 Ratings
23 Ratings
DaveGrin ,

More For The Passive Fan...

To summarize the lengthy (and largely successful) career of Genesis and it's solo projects on a 3-CD collection properly seems like an almost impossible task. You can't include all the massive radio hits and great album cuts by Genesis, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel - much less the succcess of Mike Rutherford (Mike and the Mechanics) and the unfortunately often overlooked work of Tony Banks and Steve Hackett. So, if you are looking for that complete collection... This is not it. This is a sampler of the band and the solo works of the 5-primary members of Genesis (there were others, but these five made up what many consider to be "classic Genesis"): Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, and Mike Rutherford.

I would go on record as saying this is not a die-hard fan's album. The die-hard fan has had these tracks for years (there are no rarities here - just album tracks). This is really for the person who never really explored the band's music fully and never really grasped the connections to mega-successful solo artists like Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel. It also gives the casual fan a chance to probably hear Tony Banks' and Steve Hackett's work for the first time. Music downloaders will note that in America, this is the first time you can get two of Mike and the Mechanics hits ("Silent Running" and "The Living Years" as well as the international hit single "Over My Shoulder") as digital downloads, making it again desirable for the music lover that didn't have those albums already. So, in conclusion, while its a nice mixture of songs representitive of the many facets of the band and its primary members, R-Kive won't be for everyone.

Jfrie51661 ,

Pure Fan

They could do covers of the Knack and I would buy it. Check out Tony Banks solo stuff - especially “For A While”.

James Owl ,

If you don’t want to buy the albums, i guess...

It’s a cool idea to compile some of the noncommercial and solo works of Genesis (But A NEW ALBUM IS WHAT WE REALLY WANTED)… but you gotta do it right if you’re gonna do it at all. To have “Easy Lover” on here is a stupid idea. Songs like Narnia and Star of Sirus are where Hacket shines brightest, and they’re missing. Worst of all, the version of Carpet Crawlers here is a bad remaster, and is not as great as the original recording. Give this a miss if you really want to explore genesis. Get the Platinum collection, or just buy the albums. as of now, iTunes doesn’t have Mike or Tony’s solo works, so I guess here is a decent enough place to grab a couple of their songs.

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